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There is something about travel that tickles the imagination. Every journey is like a story, allowing you to meet new people, explore others places (especially when you stray off the beaten path!), see the world through different eyes. So for the last couple of years, I've tried to travel as much as possible. Doesn't have to be far--towns nearby, local places, and maybe occasionally the other side of the world.
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But most of all, it inspires the details of a story. The smog of a city that leaves soot under your nails. The local markets that smells of cheese and spices. The rough, cold stone of a ruined castle where people once lived. My deserts are based on the deserts I've seen, the smell of a bazaar on the crowded streets I've walked, the hills on the hills I've wandered.
Different places, different people, but most of all different eyes. The details--smells, sights, sounds--stood out and made a difference to me, and it's exactly those details that make a story come alive, too.
How about you? Do you have any particular details in your story you can trace back to travel experiences?